Dora the Explorer: A Helpful Friend

Dora the Explorer and her friends have enthrall preschoolers and young children from all across the world, providing countless hours of entertainment everywhere from the original cartoon series to the many toys and accessories that have been created in her vision. Nowadays more than ever before, kids can join Dora as she travels through the Spooky Forest, Crocodile Lake and many other thrilling places.

During her many quests and adventures Dora confronts challenges and encounters the various difficulties of life. What makes her cartoon special is that she'll actually consult with the child viewers on the steps they need to take to solve various problems before she continues her journey and conquers her hardships.

The main purpose of the cartoon series is to dynamically encourage children to play along with the main character. As they follow along with Dora and her friends' adventures, they learn practical skills necessary for growing up. Here's a quick crash course on Dora and the main characters she interacts with.

Dora lives in a house with her Mama and Papi, but family is important to her so often visits her grandmother, Abuela.

Each day Dora and Boots, her monkey friend, travel together to different places. Along their fascinating journeys they encounter an assortment of amusing friends, puzzling problems and a mischievous fox named Swiper. The naughty fox is oftentimes the cause of Dora and her friends' difficulties during their journeys, but his antics provides both Dora and child viewers the opportunity to plan ways to evade the sly fox and continue the journey.

Dora is a child who does not easily quit when she faces troubles and problems. She is a helpful friend who is always prepared to stop and help anyone in need. She is also an explorer whose inquisitiveness and courage lead her to discover more about herself and the world, much like the young children that tune into her show.

Boots, the monkey, is Dora's best friend – a furry, fuzzy, five-and-a-half year old Spanish monkey that just happens to speak English. Dora's backpack… suitably named Backpack… was a gift from Mama and Papi and provides Dora with everything she will need for her quests. Map, a bubbly rolled up scroll that resides within Backpack's side pouch, is a useful assistant that always seems to know the excellent ways to get to Dora's various destinations.

The aforementioned fox, Swiper, was granted his name largely because he constantly tries to swipe things that Dora needs to finish her quests. Luckily Dora doesn't have to thwart Swiper all by herself, because her cousin Diego is often nearby willing to rescue Dora and her friends when they get into trouble.

In each episode, Dora the Explorer solves a problem based on particular words and phrases in Spanish. These terms and phrases contain an assortment of basic adjectives, nouns and instructions such as “azul” for “blue” and cuidado” which literally means “watch out”.

In each episode Dora the Explorer solves a particular problem that is based on Spanish words or phrases. Those terms contain an assortment of basic adjectives, nouns and instructions such as "anzul" for "blue" and "cuidado" which means "watch out." This lends a light educational element to the program that children absorb.

Dora and Boots also sing at the end of the program and cry out "lo hicimos," a Spanish phrase for "we did it!" and "Ivamonos!" meaning, "Let's go." These are common phrase in Spanish. Dora the Explorer is bilingual and she shows that speaking Spanish is not only important but also a source of pleasure.

The concept of Dora the Explorer started with the plan to have a kids' show that teaches children problem-solving skills. The creators understood that preschoolers are not yet very coordinated. They have not yet learned to grasp light switches. They have difficulty pouring milk. They cannot unlock a door, yet. They encounter obstacles that can get disappointing.

Problem-solving tactics like, stopping to think, asking for assistance and using inherent intelligence comprise most of the Dora episodes. What is lovable about the show is its uniqueness. Viewers can participate, not only by responding to questions but by actually getting off the sofa and demonstrating the answer as if Dora will see them and follow what they instruct.

Children are often asked to play along, count, speak Spanish, jump, row, clap, etc. The show in fact is found on a curriculum that composes of numerous ideas and brainpower. Every Dora episode integrates the seven learning "intelligences," such as, mathematical/logical, musical/auditory, and bodily/kinesthetic.

Therefore, in conclusion, Dora the Explorer is one great factor and tool that may help in your child’s intellectual growth. Get your child in front of the screen now and see him/her learn as fast as you cannot imagine.


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